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    September 30, 2012
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captioning made possible by johnson & johnson, where quality products for the american family have been a tradition for generations >> osgood: good morning. i'm charles osgood and this is sunday morning. here's a question for our high-tech times. now that we're all so beautifully connected through electronic wizardry, social media and all that, why is it that in the midst of all this there is a pervasive sense of separation even loneliness. there's a disconnect somehow. could it be that all these
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devices that bring us together in so many ways are actually isolating us in others? that is a question susan spencer will be exploring in our sunday morning cover story. >> reporter: everywhere you look everyone is looking down. we can't seem to take our eyes off our phones. not for an instant. >> i love my smart phone. reporter: you're not afraid that you too will fall into this trap of becoming obsessed? >> no. i'm not worried about being fixated. >> reporter: okay. hang on just a second, okay. what about you? could you live without your smart phone? later on sunday morning. yeah, i know. i know. i'm sorry. that's okay. >> osgood: the partners who form one power couple usually don't need cell phones to stay in touch. they just speak to each other across one very big desk. together, they've created some trail blazing shows. our lee cowan will now show us in this new season they are at it again.
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>> looks like a cross between my aunt pearl and an owl. >> larry king. yes. reporter: behind every sit-com there's a team of writers but there's bun duo in hollywood who has been sharing a writing brain ever since their days at beverly hills high. >> we had a really good time in this space. i feel like we're still having a good time. it's the same type of fun. >> let's put on a show. reporter: does everything have to be a gay event. >> when anything comes out of a closet it's a gay event. >> reporter: their latest show is a new comedy about an old friendship, their own. ahead on sunday morning. >> osgood: the new season is getting underway in the movies as well. bill whitaker offers us a preview of some coming attractions. >> reporter: movie studios are bringing out the big guns this fall. >> some men are coming to kill us. we're going to kill them first. >> reporter: a time of anticipation for audiences and critics alike. >> you had my curiosity.
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but now you have my attention. >> kind of like your happy time, isn't it? >> it is a happy time. reporter: later on sunday morning, the magic of the movies. >> osgood: veteran actor ed asner is ringing in a new season with a brand new starting role quite different from the one he's best known for. rit a braver will be showing him in action then and now. >> reporter: we may think of ed asn eras lou grant on the mary tyler moore show. >> you know what? you've got spunk. >> well... i hate spunk. reporter: but he started in theater and now he's back. >> i woke up one morning alive and it's here. i make the best of it. >> reporter: later on sunday morning, ed asner on broadway. >> osgood: bob scheiffer looks
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ahead to this week's first presidential debate. jim axel rod previews gangster memorabilia. tracy smith meets with character actress elizabeth banks and more. but first the headlines for this sunday morning, the 30th of september 2012. there's been another so-called insider attack in eastern afghanistan. nato says a u.s. soldier and an american civilian were killed yesterday in an attack by a member of the afghan security forces. syrian rebels yesterday launched another offensive to reclaim that nation's largest city aleppo. among the casualties one of syria's historic treasures, aleppo's medieval marketplace went up in flames. they say everything is bigger in texas. fortunately that does not apply to earthquakes. the 3.4 magnitude tremor rattled the dallas/fort worth area overnight. so far there are no reports of injuries or serious damage.
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this weekend's shutdown of a stretch of one of the nation's busiest freeways has led to some traffic slowdowns but carmageddon 2 is not. interstate 405 in los angeles should be open in time for tomorrow morning's rush hour. president obama and his republican challenger mitt romney are spending the weekend preparing for the first presidential debate. the candidates face off in denver wednesday night. some 60 million of us are expected to watch the debate on television. there is a new entry on the national register of historic places. a pet cemetery in sub urban new york. the hartsdale pet cemetery founded in 1896 was the final resting place for 75,000 pets and 700 pet owners. now for the day's weather. it will be raining cats and dogs in the south with scattered showers in the northeast. out west the heat is still on. there are no october surprises in the week ahead. milder autumn weather prevails
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pretty much all over. next, high tech. high risk. and later... >> your name is so familiar. oh, stop hugging me. reporter: rit a braver
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>> osgood: i'm sorry. i was just checking my cell phone. a reminder of just how disconnected from our surroundings all of these devices can make us. disconnected is one of the milder things some critics say about our push-button companions. our cover story is reported by susan spencer of "48 hours." >> reporter: once upon a time in what seems a far-off land, if you saw someone walking down the street talking to himself, you'd think he was, well, crazy. not anymore. 90% of american adults own cell phones. and whether talking or texting, it seems that 90% of the time they are using them. >> these days the minute that people are alone at a stop sign, at the checkout line in the supermarket, they panic. they reach for a phone. >> reporter: m.i.t. psychologist sherry turkel says high-speed connections have left us more disconnected than ever. >> i study families who are having breakfast together.
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every member of the family is texting. i study funerals, and people are texting. >> reporter: at funerals. at funerals. nd the cover of the new yorker captured this. the whole family is at the each and each of them is on their phone. >> reporter: her book "alone together" surveyed hundreds of people about their plugged-in lives. her conclusion, we have lost the art of conversation. >> an 18-year-old boy talks about how he would rather text than talk. he says i'll tell you what's wrong with having a conversation. it takes place in realtime. you can't control what you're going to say. >> reporter: these days texting is seen as a skill. in new york recently thumbs were flying as teens competed for the coveted title of "america's fastest texter." on average, 18- to 24-year-olds send and receive a whooping 3200 text messages a month. >> is it too strong to call this
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an addiction? >> i don't like the work addiction personally. i think we're vulnerable. i think we're submitten. we're like young lovers who are afraid that too much talking will spoil the romance. >> reporter: we can't take our eyes off the things. even when we should. security cameras caught this poor woman walking with confidence straight into a fountain. oops. she just got wet. this guy could have been killed as he nonchalantly strolled off a train platform. around the country last year, there were over a thousand emergency room visits for just these sorts of injuries. so where would we all be if suddenly we didn't have these precious little devices? if we had to give up the i-pad and the smart phone and the black berry, what exactly would happen? could we even function? it turns out that these are not silly questions as researchers here at the university of maryland discovered.
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>> it ended up being the most horrible experience many of them had ever had in life according to what they self reported to us. >> reporter: this researcher and his colleagues asked students around the world to go without their cell phones for 24 hours. >> the psychological impact was significant. >> reporter: 70% of them quit the experiment saying they simply couldn't do it. >> they felt a tremendous amount of boredom. they were bored without it. they felt emotionally detached from the rest of the world. >> reporter: one american student reported, "i was itching like a crack head." someone in the u.k. said, "media is my drug. i'm an addict." a student from china wrote, "i was almost freaking out." and a person from argentina reported, "sometimes i felt dead." >> i think we've become obsessive in our desire to checking facebook updates and texts and emails.
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>> reporter: nicholas carr who writes about technology and culture says there is a scientific reason why these devices are our favorite vices. >> people have a primitive instinct to want to gather information, to want to know everything that is going on around them. you can kind of see how that would help you survive back in cavemen and cave women days. where it becomes a problem is when we create this new world for ourselves where there's unlimited amounts of information and we stop this compulsive checking. >> reporter: if we can't stop, think how hard it will be for the generation that's never known anything else. like this toddler. a you-tube sensation. she is so used to the touch screen i-pad that a magazine leaves her mystified. how does this work? why isn't it responding? >> the trend is toward ever-more connection, ever-more distraction. >> reporter: and carr thinks all this distraction is messing up
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our brains. >> it begins to crowd out all the quieter, calmer moments when you might engage in reflection or introspection or contemplation. >> time now for everybody's favorite guessing game, what's my line? >> reporter: but decades ago, people were saying that television would rot our brains. carr insists there's a difference. >> it was isolated into certain periods of our day. you'd come home from work and you'd watch some tv or watch tv on the weekend. some people the first thing they do when they wake up, check their email. the last thing they do before they go to bed, take another glance. this is the first time we've had a technology that is kind of imposing itself on us throughout the entire course of the day. >> reporter: so, would it be smart to throw away our smart phones? u.c.l.a. neuro scientist gary small thinks not. he's used the latest imaging
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techniques to see what happens in the brain when people surf the web. >> here's your brain on a book. and here's your brain on google. so very different brain. >> reporter: much more active. dr. small doesn't deny that these devices sometimes distract, but he says brain scans show they also can help sharpen our minds. >> we took a group of older people. many of these people have never searched online before. we just had them search online for an hour a day for a week. we saw significant increases in brain activity especially in the frontal lobe, the thinking brain. >> reporter: do you have a cell phone? >> of course. reporter: do you have a smart phone? >> yes. reporter: how much time do you spend on it? >> i spend a lot of time with it. i'm hooked on it in many ways. >> reporter: you admit it. of course. reporter: writer nick carr got rid of his thinking it was intruding on his life too much. but everyone else we interviewed admitted to phoning a smart phone.
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>> i love my smart phone. reporter: you're not afraid that you too will fall into this trap of becoming obsessed? >> no. i'm not worried about being fixated. >> reporter: turkle's advice on how to avoid fixation: occasionally put the thing down. look another human being in the eye and open up your mouth. >> talk to your child. talk i don't your partner. talk to yourself. it's not about saying don't use your phone. it's not about throwing away your phone. it's about how to reclaim conversation. >> osgood: just ahead, the man who served up breakfast at tiffany's.
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>> on the night of november 14, two men broke into a... >> osgood: now a page from our sunday almanac. september 30, 1924, 88 years ago today. the birthday of a writer who went on to give birth to a new brand of literature. for that was the day author truman capote was born in new orleans. the survivor of a lonely and
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often unhappy childhood, capote published his sexually frank debut novel "other voices, othe8 novella "breakfast at tiffany's" adapted into a movie starring audrey hepburn. >> i don't know whoa i am. we belong to nobody and nobody belongs to us. we don't even belong to each other. >> reporter: capote turned next to telling the story of the murder of a farm family in kansas. his effiminate manner unsettled in local officials. it was a culture clash actor philip see more hoffman brought to life in the 2005 film capote. >> sorry? discard. oh, nice. reporter: hailed by many as the first nonfiction novel, capote's 1966 book "in cold blood" was an instant best seller. to celebrate capote threw a
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glamorous black-and-white masked ball. >> announcer: here comes john kenneth galbraith. >> osgood: covered by our own charles kuralt. >> reporter: the people have come from rome, hollywood, venice, paris, washington, san francisco, loaned. >> osgood: the party's purpose was good cheer and fellowship, to hear capote tell it. >> before the unhavocking anybody can dance with anybody they want to or talk to anybody they want to. it's a completely free thing. by the time the unmasking come, you made a lot of new friends. that was the point. >> osgood: truman capote never did publish another major work in his lifetime. the short pieces he did write offended some of his high society friends. by 1977 capote had become something of a recognizable cliche. mocked by woody allen in the film annie haul. >> the winner of the truman capote look-alike contest. >> reporter: turns out that was truman capote in an uncredited cameo.
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he fell into a downward spiral of alcohol and drug addiction. as he freely admitted in a drunken appearance on a 1978 talk show. >> what's going to happen unless you lick this problem of drugs and alcohol? >> obvious answer is i'll kill myself. >> osgood: truman capote died in 1984 just shy of his 60th birthday. >> jack kennedy was a friend of mine. senator, you're no jack kennedy. >> osgood: coming up, the great debates. >> there you go again. is portion of sunday morning is sponsored by... announcing fluzone intradermal vaccine, a 90% smaller needle, wow that's...short. to learn more talk to your health care provider. [ female announcer ] fluzone intradermal vaccine
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>> osgood: the first presidential debate of campaign 2012 takes place this coming wednesday in denver. whether it takes its place among history's great debates remains ton seen. our chief washington correspondent and final debate moderator bob scheiffer looks forward and back. >> governor reagan again typically is against such a proposal. >> governor, there you go again. schieffer: and here we go again. the primaries are done. the conventions are over. now to the debates. >> your father was right to stand up to joe mccarthy. you were wrong to attack my pate... >> schieffer: when the candidates for president and vice president come face-to-face and millions upon millions will be watching. >> who am i? why am i here?
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>> schieffer: if the past is a predictor, there will be unforgettable moments. >> jack deny dewas a friend of mine. senator, you're no jack kennedy. ( cheers and applause ) >> most of the polls show there are very few undecided voters but there is still a huge number of people who watch the debates. the reason they do that is to take the measure of the individual. >> governor clinton you have one minute >> schieffer: public television's jim lehrer is the dean of debate moderators. he's been at it for 24 years. he's put more questions to more candidates than any of us. >> i've always thought that the vote for the presidency was different than any other vote we cast. the presidency, it seems to me, comes down to who do we feel most comfortable with in times of crisis. >> exactly right. bob gates, the former defense secretary, he said temperament. there's such a thing as presidential temperament. you can smell it. you can feel it.
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it's there. and some people have it. some people don't. >> schieffer: considering the importance we place on them, it's hard to believe that presidential debates are fairly new to american politics. >> the candidates need to no introduction. the republican candidate vice president richard m. nixon and the democratic candidate senator john f. kennedy >> reporter: they began just 52 years ago on september 26, 1960. >> i think mr. nixon is an effective leader of his party. i hope he would grant me the same >> schieffer: some people who listened to it on the radio thought that nixon won but it was generally conceded that people who watched it on television were pretty convinced that jack kennedy won >> absolutely. what you say is important. but what you look like can be also as important >> mr. nixon, would you like to comment on that statement >> i have no comment and in nixon's case, he percent spired.
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he had the audacity to per spire. as a consequence, the venue where you are where a debate goes on, it's like a meat locker. that's the reason. they negotiate how cold it's going to be because nobody wants to per spire because look what happened to nixon. it's amazing. >> schieffer: even a great communicator like franklin roosevelt knew the risk of debating. he was a heavy favorite to win re-election in 1940, so when republican wendell wilke demanded a debate, f.d.r. ignored him. he knew just appearing on the same stage with the president enhanced the stature of any challenger. >> i think that we both just just stand here >> reporter: it's hard to know where we'd be today if nixon in 1960 had followed roosevelt's lead. but once burned, nixon never debated again. nor did lyndon johnson who had preceded him to the white house.
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so there were no debates in 1964, '68 or '72. >> announcer: this is the cbs news special report. >> schieffer: only after his poll numbers dropped did gerald ford agree to debate challenger jimmy carter in 1976. >> i interviewed ford about this. i said why did you agree to the debate? he said, "it was my only hope." he was down and out because of having pardoned nixon. that's why he was so far down. he said, "if i could get jimmy carter to debate me, i might have a chance." >> schieffer: yet ford ended up hurting his chances with this statement. >> there is no soviet domination of eastern europe and there will be under a ford administration. >> schieffer: it was a serious gaffe in the cold war era when the soviet iron curtain extended across europe >> did i understand you to say,
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sir, that the russians are not using eastern europe as their own sphere of influence? >> schieffer: it certainly made for compelling television. each of the ford-carter debates drew in more than 60 million viewers. the public had spoken. the debates were here to stay. >> are you better off than you were four years ago? >> schieffer: today the debates have become perhaps the only chance to get millions from both parties to sit down and hear what the other side has to say. with just the candidates speaking for themselves. >> one of the things the debates do that's very important, they dampen down some of the effect of money and politics. >> schieffer: kathleen hall jamison of the annenberg school for communication at the university of pennsylvania is a scholar on american elections >> when we institutionalized debates as a format we're communicating to the world as well as to the country that we practice what we preach. we believe that there's value in the clash of competing ideas.
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we believe that the public should judge individuals based on what it is they say and how they argue and how they respond to each other. not simply on the way in which they advertise to us. >> schieffer: even so they ralt is no candidate steps before the cameras without serious preparation, which is where brett owe donald comes in do these candidates -- and i suspect that they do -- go into these debates with a few lines that they are determined to use? >> oh, sure. absolutely. >> schieffer: he made liberty university in virginia into a debating powerhouse. now he teaches republican politicians debate techniques. he's helped george w. bush and john mccain. he coached mitt romney during the primaries. >> the object is to capture the imagination of both the audience and the press to make sure your message gets covered. one way to do that is to have a clever line >> schieffer: no one could deliver a line like ronald
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reagan. >> i will not make age an issue of this campaign. i am not going to exploit for political purposes my opponent's youth and inexperience. (laughing) >> schieffer: with those words reagan turned concern that he had gotten old and doddy on its head. challenger walter mondale said later when i heard that, i knew i had lost. what would you consider successful debate? >> the things that matter the most to the voters, to hell with the candidates and to hell with the moderators and to hell with the handlers and to hell with the pundits, but the things that voters care the most about have been discussed and have been discussed in a way that they can now understand what the differences are. that's what these debates are really all about.
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>> do ever get sick of each other? >> we adore each other. it's heaven. >> osgood: partners on tv and off. and later, the new season at the movies. alright everybody, get your heads up.
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>> osgood: talk about an offer you can't refuse. jim axel rod gives us an early look at some auction items that will tempt the god matter himself to make a bid. >> reporter: bobby livingston's family has been auctioning rare artifacts for 30 years, a letter from washington, a signed picture of einstein, but they're about to hold their biggest event ever at this amherst new hampshire auction house. it's not the heroes who are the headliners. >> washington, lincoln, churchill. al capone? >> you know, al capone is one of those figures, those mythic iconic figures that represent something to pop culture >> reporter: even the gangsters get the white glove treatment. later today 130 rare pieces of gangster memorabilia from the '20s and '0s go on the block. items gathered from private collectors during the last eight years >> with the type of interest we're getting, i not be surprised if this was a seven-figure auction >> reporter: included is
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amuseical love letter al capone wrote to his wife may while in alcatraz >> i'm looking at the lyrics, you know, you're the bloom of the roses. you're the charm that reposes. what a sweetheart. >> he loved his wife. two sawed-off shut guns, two machine rifles >> reporter: also featured are items found on bonnie and clyde right after the shootout that ended their bank robbing careers and their lives in 1934. >> this was in clyde's waist band? >> this pistol was in clyde's waist band when he was killed >> reporter: the couple captured the popular imagination during the depression targeting the very banks that were foreclosing on homes and farms. >> $100,000 gun? this is worth more than $100,000. we estimate it to be worth twice that. >> reporter: living ston likes to say the real value of this collection is the gap it exposes between fantasy and reality >> these are desperate criminals.
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these are people who will shoot you, rob you. these were not glamorous outlaws living high on the hog. you learned that they lived a desperate life >> reporter: but when history becomes a commodity... >> al capone... reporter: stts sometimes the bad guys are worth more than the good. >> osgood: coming up. this is what it looks like when we both make phone calls at the same time >> osgood: meet television's power couple. s. helping millions of americans retire on their terms. when they want. where they want. doing what they want. ameriprise. the strength of a leader in retirement planning. the heart of 10,000 advisors working with you one-to-one. together for your future. ♪
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nursing school >> big deal. a gay man breaking into the banks... ranks of nursing >> it's the new season on sunday morning. here again is charles osgood. >> reporter: the pioneering tv show will and grace poked good nature fun at gay stereotypes not long ago. now just in time for this new season the hollywood power couple behind that show has produced a new series for cbs. with a very personal touch. with lee cowan now we pay these two partners a visit. >> that helicopter right there? yeah reporter: chatting in beverly hills with a pair of comedy writers >> that's david going to the market. yes, i think that is >> reporter: you learn very quickly even their neighborhood is material for a joke >> yes, that's a black hawk going to get a couple of avocados. that's when you get when you live in beverly hills >> reporter: max and david are a true hollywood power couple in a platonic sort of way. >> we are basically one for the
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price of two. >> reporter: life-long friends, we are one of "the" most successful writing duos in a generation. their credits include boston common, twins >> and good morning, miami reporter: and a little show about our business too. good morning, miami. >> you've got a nun doing the weather >> i have it on very good authority that we'll have early morning clouds clearing out by this afternoon. thanks, big guy. >> reporter: they not only share a sense of humor. they share an office. even the very same desk >> this is what it looks like when we both make phone calls at the same time. >> reporter: so maybe it's no surprise that their latest creation is a sit-com called partners. >> looks like a cross between my aunt pearl and an owl. >> larry king yes reporter: on set they are co-everything, cowriters,
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coproducers, cocreators. as such a little codependent >> my mother and i think i'm the shorter version of him >> alec baldwin yes reporter: do you ever get sick of each other? >> we adore each other. it's just heaven. he still makes me laugh after all these years >> oh, shucks. oh, my gosh. >> we solemnly swear to be best friends forever >> reporter: but partners is personal because this tv script is largely about themselves >> for our entire lives even after we die and even if we come back as a tiger and a flamingo. >> partners is specifically about a gay guy and a straight guy who are best friends. that's kind of our life. >> the big reveal at the end is is which is which. >> that's exactly right. like now go ahead. tell us who is it? you can also say who is prettier? >> it's fine. we want to know >> i just love playing
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celebrity. i love it. i love it so much >> reporter: michael plays louis, the self obsessed gay while david plays joe the finicky straight >> my financee is moving in. we're pruning >> what do you have to say we're pruning. why can't you say we're throwing crap out. >> does everything have to be a gay event >> whenever anything comes out of a closet it's a gay event >> reporter: it's new territory for a sitcom and yet both actors say it's long overdue >> a lot of my best friends are straight >> i only have one gay best friend, this guy. >> reporter: is that true? best friends? , no >> you don't like gay people i have gay friends but i was actually a nice thing that i put out there to you. >> really? eporter: it's not the first time the writers have incorporated a gay character into one of their shows. >> i know leo is gone. that doesn't mean you have to
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stop living or stop... can i do something... brushing your hair >> reporter: in 1998 max and david wrote their biggest hit to date with another story about two friends, will and grace. >> let's just check our coats good morning. reporter: running for eight seasons on nbc, it won a slew of emmys >> mine is the tan camry with the scratch on the side. >> reporter: at the time many considered it ground breaking. its creators insist they didn't sit out to make any kind of statement about sexuality. they were just writing what they knew >> i gave you my number and you never called me >> yeah, you were too into me. back then i was only into guys who were into guys. >> reporter: grace it turn out played by deborah messing was modeled after max's high school girlfriend janet eisenberg. all three met at beverly hills high school during a production of west side story. that's max hanging off the set. >> we were jets. i was the leader. i was his leader.
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on this stage. how times have changed >> don't you know it reporter: david, the basketball player and max the drama student had been inseparable ever since. >> did you go to the prom together? >> we did that let me rephrase that. do you remember going to the prom in the same car with our respective dates? >> yes, we did do that. reporter: just how close are they? >> when max came out, it wasn't to his girlfriend janet or to his parents. it was to david. his best friend. >> if i could tell the... almost captain of the basketball >> the almost captain of the basketball team, if i could tell him that i was gay and it was a nonissue, then i knew i could pretty much tell my girlfriend and my mom and the rest of my family and know that it was going to be okay. >> reporter: if you're wondering whether they ever managed to find time for anyone else, well, they did. they're both happily married. max to eric and david to blair. and their spouses know anything
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that happens at home is fair game for the show. >> as my neuroses and idiosyncracies come out, it's too far gone. i try to pull it back quickly. then i say, oh, is it going to end up in the show? >> its in the show. everything is in the show. >> everything is fodder for work the next day. because those will make the best stories >> i know you better than anybody, joe. something is wrong. aly has hurt you >> reporter: their lives boiled down to a sitcom >> show me where aly hurt you reporter: max and david have a knack for doing others haven't >> is this a living room? did she hurt you in a living room >> reporter: pushing the envelope has never been the goal. neither has pushing anybody's buttons >> was it in the bedroom? reporter: it's just about having fun >> she hurt you in the bedroom. oh, my god. you guys aren't having sex >> we're supposed to write funny characters that say funny things >> two people who really love
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each other came together today. >> at the heart of it, it's a story about best friends. >> you driving me crazy. osgood: ahead... where are you off to? i'm going on an ñ
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>> osgood: the curtain is going up on the new season at the movies. bill whitaker in hollywood has saved us a seat. >> i'm looking for someone to share in an adventure. >> it happens every year as the weather cools down, the big screen sizzles. >> kind of like your happy time it is a happy time. i mean... >> reporter: the film critic for the los angeles times and our guide through this fall's films. >> you know, this year it's going to be really good films in the fall. sometimes there are. sometimes that actually happens.
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>> reporter: are there one or two that stand out? >> i'm looking forward to lincoln >> reporter: starring daniel day lewis. >> blood has been spilt as of this moment. now, now, now >> reporter: the actor, known to transform himself does so to uncanny effect against the sweep and drama and steven spielberg's commanding images of the civil war. >> shall we stop this pleading? mr. president? reporter: in hyde park on hudson bill murray plays f.d.r. hosting the king of england on the brink of world war ii. >> so nice of you to come. forgive me for not getting up. >> reporter: screens this fall will be full of action. daniel craig as james bond is back in sky fall. heart-pounding from shanghai to istanbul with really bad guy javier bardem >> everybody needs a hobby to what's yours?
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resurrection. eporter: can you take more? liam nissan returns in take 2 >> your mother and i will be taken >> what happened is that liam killed all these people but apparently there are more of them. so they take him on again. they didn't even see the first film. don't take this guy on. didn't you see the film? >> you wanted this reporter: tom cruise takes on jack reacher, an ex-military loaner who dispenses his own brand of tough justice from the best-selling novels. >> we're going to roll it. what do you mean roll it? >> reporter: and two-time oscar winner denzel washington plays a heroic airline pilot whose image withers under the glare of the public spotlight >> you had alcohol in your system. that could be life in prison. >> reporter: books inspired several fall movies. keira knightley is toll soy
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annaa. and "on the road" will be on the screen in december. and director ang lee did what many thought impossible: made a movie of the novel "life of pie" about a boy, a life boat and a hungry bengal tiger. how about twilight? this is the last of the saga >> it has been a phenomenon in and of itself >> the family is in danger. i need your help >> a huge want to see. reporter: of course, there's something for kids. a video game bad guy who longs to be good. >> everything changes now. reporter: frankenweenie is the tale of a boy and his dog as only tim burton can tell it. >> sparky.
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reporter: for comedy there's this is 40 from director/writer judd >> the magic cookies. i think this room has rodents. >> is that your dog? reporter: seven psychopaths is the story of a hapless gang of dog nappers >> an eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind >> no it doesn't. there will be one guy left with one eye. >> what are you on? me? none. >> reporter: silver lining's play book has bradley cooper and jennifer lawrence maneuvering through mental illness toward love. >> how is your job? i just got tired actually really? how? >> by having sex with everybody in the office. >> everybody? i was very depressed after tony died. >> reporter: it was the toast of the toronto film festival. ♪ i dreamed a dream of time gone
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by ♪ >> reporter: there's a big screen version of the broadway hit les miserables. >> hugh jackman and russell ceo and ann hathaway. major star power. everyone is crossing their fingers that they haven't screwed it up >> reporter: several movies are based on true events. the impossible about a family caught up in the 2004 tsunami. zero dark 0 about the hunt for osama bin laden. >> i need you to help me make a fake movie >> reporter: and argo about a c.i.a. operative posing as a movie producer to rescue six americans from tehran during the 1979 hostage crisis. >> so you want to come to hollywood and act like a big shot without actually doing anything >> yeah. reporter: director quinten tarantino tackles american slavery. and james brown beat in jango unchained.
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>> it will be an over-the top insane story without having seen an inch of the footage i can guarantee that. we'll see if he can pull it off. >> reporter: and the makers of the matrix are back bending minds and time with a cinematic version of the book "cloud atlas." the cast, including tom hanks and halle berry meet and mate through the ages. and finally... >> where are you off to? i'm going on an adventure. reporter: ... peter jackson who gave us the lord of the rings trilogy takes us back into j.r.r. toal keon's world with the hobbit, an unexpected journey >> i promised i will come back no. and if you do, you'll not be the same. >> reporter: so overall, a good year? >> i think it's one of the strongest falls i can remember. >> it could have been worse.
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osgood: still to come, remembering andy williams. ♪ moon river [ ge healthcare engineer ] babies are the number one reason why we come to work every day. we recently donated a number of our incubators to a hospital in east london, homerton. we take the sickest and the most premature and the smallest babies in the whole area. [ mother #1 ] they're lovely in here. they're absolutely brilliant. i couldn't ask for any better. their first chance in life is not the greatest.
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and so i think, just being here to help them through that first chance of life is amazing. ♪ [ homerton doctor ] if a baby is in a high-tech incubator that provides them with temperature control and humidity, it makes the care of the baby that much easier. [ mother #2 ] i didn't really get to touch her or hold her when she was born. today will be the first time i'll get to hold her 'cause i'm gonna feed her later. i'm just really excited. ♪ ♪ ♪
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>> what does the new season hold for music lovers? the fastest prologue, fewer recordings you can actually hold in your hand. cd albums continue to lose ground because of digital rivals during the first six months of this year. with c.d.s now accounting for 61% of all album sales, down from 66% in the same period last year. but in one sign of resistance to the digital tide, sales of vinyl l.p. albums are up 14%, though still a tiny fraction of the total. as for which artist had the
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biggest hit during the first half of this year, it was adele with 21. over his long career, andy williams had 42 hits on billboard charts. williams died of cancer tuesday night at his home in branson, missouri. by a quirk of fate and marketing, the song for which he's best remembered never even made it to the hit parade because it was part of an album never releasedded as a single. ♪ moon river ♪ wider than a mile >> osgood: andy williams first sang "moon river" in 1962 and made it his signature song ever after. in fact, when we visited him three years ago, we even overheard him singing it as a preshow warm-up in the shower ♪ moon river wider than a...
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>> osgood: his road to moon river began in the town of wall lake, iowa, where he and his three brothers were fashioned into a singing act by their hard-driving father >> it wasn't my passion to sing. it was his. it was his passion to do something with us >> reporter: the boys' first big break came on a radio station in des moines >> coming to you from the stage of the auditorium from w.h.o., des moines >> reporter: the williams' brothers moved on to collaboration with singer kay thompson. after his siblings quit show business, andy williams started singing on the tonight show with steve allen in 1954 >> go to better places and sing pop songs. do a different kind of act. a singing act ♪ there's love in the air >> osgood: he showed off his talent when charles comingwood came calling on the cbs broadcast person to person in 1960. ♪ l is for the way you look at me ♪ >> osgood: and starting in 1962,